Celebrating our fantastic community of volunteers during Volunteers Week
Volunteers’ Week is a national event that takes place from 1–7 June every year. It’s an opportunity for organisations, like the University, to showcase our fantastic community of alumni, students and staff volunteers.
Among these inspirational volunteers is BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology 2016 graduate Vicky Smith. Now a Senior Production Manager at Sony Music, Vicky has given many hours of her time volunteering at the University. We asked Vicky to tell us why she chooses to give back and how Portsmouth has helped her career journey:
I’m currently a Senior Production Manager at Sony Music, and I work within the creative arm of the company: 4th Floor Creative. I produce video content for our artists which ranges from live concert films, TV shows, music videos, lyric videos, live sessions, and much more. I help lead the video production team in developing new video content pitches and ideas for the artists. Our content is shown worldwide and helps drive our artists careers.
Having studied music at Portsmouth, it cemented my love for the industry and encouraged me to work towards my goal of working within the industry. My course also helped me gain the skills for my first job, which was in events, and in turn gave me the skills to make the switch to video production. Doing a predominantly coursework-led course also helped develop my organisational skills, which is a huge part of my job now.
Being a student at Portsmouth also introduced me to many people who have helped me an incredible amount since I graduated. A lot of these people have had a direct impact on decisions I’ve made in my career.
Having someone explain what they did after graduating, and sometimes just hearing they’re not alone in their worries, can be comforting.